Archaeology and Anthropology

archaeology and anthropology


Archaeology and Anthropology at UCLan are innovative and practical subjects. With world leading research and first class teaching, staff and students at UCLan study all aspects of humanity - from our earliest origins to modern society. We have excellent links with employers, provide up to 14 weeks’ field training and work in many different parts of the world.

More About Archaeology and Anthropology at UCLan


discover archaeology

Over the last twelve years we have found (and found out) some amazing things. A key part of what makes UCLan special is that everyone is involved in this process of discovery: staff; students; volunteers; our professional partners and indigenous groups. Click on the links below for more about some of our star finds.

Early Anglo-Saxon Migrations
Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb
Cache Cave California
Cata Sand
George Rock Shelter





archaeology research

Academic research in Archaeology and Anthropology is thriving. Over the last few years our small team has produced over 60 academic papers, 15 books and have been awarded more than £650,000 in research grants to support our work. Click on the links below for more information about our research interests.

Building the Great Dolmens
Enculturating environments
Anglo-Saxon Kinship
Ribchester revisited


Archaeology and Anthropology is a unique experience. We teach and research everywhere from the South African bush to the centre of Preston. We have extensive teaching collections, a dedicated on-campus archaeological training facility, a full suite of geophysical survey equipment and cutting edge computer imaging hardware. The dynamic mix of lectures and practical work and our friendly and hard-working staff have led to our excellent NSS scores.

BSc Archaeology
MSci Archaeology
BSc Archaeology and Anthropology

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Our Staff

We are a small, hard-working and friendly team, committed to continuing to provide an excellent student experience. All our staff are actively researching and we all have significant professional experience.


Vicki Cummings – Vicki specialises in the Mesolithic and Neolithic of Britain and Ireland, with a particular focus on monuments and landscape.

James Morris – James has a background in zooarchaeology and professional practice. His research interests are in the archaeological connections between humans and animals. He is also Course Leader for the archaeology programmes.

Rick Peterson – Rick is interested in the Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology of Britain, particularly in cave burial and pottery.

Allison Stewart - Allison’s research interests include early-medieval skeletal assemblages and forensic taphonomy. She is currently researching biological similarity within early medieval skeletal assemblages.

Patrick Randolph-Quinney – Patrick is a biological anthropologist who focuses on forensic and palaeo-anthropology, including human evolution, forensic human identification, forensic trauma analysis, and post-mortem processes (taphonomy).

David Robinson – David’s interests include the archaeology of the American West, the archaeology of Colonialism, Rock-Art and the archaeology of indigenous perception

Duncan Sayer – Duncan is primarily an historical archaeologist with an interest in early medieval society, ethics and burial archaeology. He recently led the excavations at the important early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Oakington.

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Digging Deeper

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Virtual reality, digital imaging and data capture are an important part of how we carry out and communicate our research. See the gallery below for some of our recent project work.


Neolithic Tomb Excavation at Tresness, Sanday

cata sand

Neolithic House, Cata Sand, Sanday, Orkney


Pleito VR Concept

BCD Chamber interior

Bryn Celli Ddu Chamber interior